Today we want to share with you Triple Oak Bakery in Sperryville, Virginia. We are excited to be offering Triple Oak products at Kickshaws upon opening this summer. Between Sperryville and as far as Fairfax, I have heard word of how amazing owner Brooke’s bakery offering are from their dedicated gluten-free kitchen. In the coming months we will be offering Triple Oak’s Gluten-free Flour Blends (gluten-free, soy-free, corn and potato-free), pastries, bars, scones and bagels. We are pleased to be able to make these amazing products available for folks in Fredericksburg. Thanks Triple Oak!
From the bakery:
Triple Oak Bakery is a family-run artisan bakery in the heart of the Piedmont region of Virginia. We specialize in classic patisserie…all gluten free in a dedicated gluten free and peanut free facility (we do use tree nuts), and use local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Everybody loves our fine baked goods!
This past weekend we had our debut at the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market at Gordon Rd. with the Kickshaws snack line! We had a wonderful time seeing friends and Kickshaws fans as well as many people who are new to Kickshaws and those who have been following along in social media. Thank you so much all you great folks who came out to support us and buy tasty snacks!
For the first weekend at the market, we were excited to have folks come by and eagerly pick up kale chips or nut blends who had heard about them from others as far as Charlottesville, Va! We sold out of two market favorites: Salt and Pepper Kale Chips and Pecan Crunch. No worries though, we are loading up this week for the upcoming market. To be sure that you get what you are looking for though, you can place advanced orders for items on our website store to pickup at the market on Saturday.
We are also looking for a little feedback on package sizes. Did you purchase kale chips and kill the bag before you got to the car? We are thinking of offering a few size options for the kale chips and would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks again for all the support- please spread the word about our snack line, each sale helps us get closer to the goal of getting the doors open at 101 William Street. Hope to see you all at the market!
A New Distinction in Food
Over the last several months I have had the opportunity to participate in a few events that highlight “Ark of Taste” foods and products. I admit, for a while I was totally unfamiliar with the term as I am sure many people are. Simply put, Ark of Taste is a catalog of foods that are on the brink of extinction that we are trying to preserve. Think Noah’s Ark and the animals two-by-two, same idea here, we are creating a list of foods that need to be put on the Ark to allow them to continue to be grown, harvested and enjoyed for generations to come.
What is the purpose of Ark of Taste?
Sure, having a list is great but how does that lead to preservation of certain foods? The Ark of Taste catalog serves as a resource for farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, grocers, educators and consumers. By finding these products in the Ark, we can then discover and promote them to save them from extinction. For us, at Kickshaws Downtown Market, that means carrying products that carry the Ark of Taste distinction to help maintain that food but also educate others about them.
How can you help?
There are a few ways that you can help the Ark of Taste
- Explore the Ark of Taste Catalog.
Do you see items that you can find locally from local farmers or even produce yourself in your area? Search for them, try them, and share them! By doing this you are helping to preserve these foods.
- Nominate an item to the Ark of Taste.
Is there a food that your family has passed down recipes for through generations? Have you ever talked to a cook or chef about an ingredients and never been able to find it? Is there an artisanal food you know that isn’t too common but has a rich history? Nominate it to the Ark!
Slow Food USA works hard to help share and educate people nationwide about local, artisanal, heritage and rare breeds and foods. Help by donating to Slow Food USA to keep these rich traditions moving forward.
For more information about Slow Food USA visit their site.
To learn more about the Arch of Taste browse the catalogue and watch this video.
What’s Going On?
Many, many people have been wondering what the progress on Kickshaws Downtown Market is and when it’s actually going to get moving. For the last several months we have been working very hard to talk with people in the community, find your needs and build our plans to be able to meet those needs. In all this we have found that there is an absolute certain- Fredericksburg wants Kickshaws.
This past weekend I was incredibly pleased to be able to attend the Fredericksburg Startup Weekend hosted by FredXchange. I was able to work on an awesome team with folks launching an online community farmer’s market called Squash Cart. I worked to help promote them through social media and through the city (via apples and oranges). If you took an apple or an orange from a couple of ladies downtown this past weekend, chances are you met me.
Moving into the past weekend’s event, we had been at a standstill on how to actually progrss with Kickshaws. Brandi and I have amazing plans for what we want to offer to Fredericksburg but, with great and big plans comes money. While we have charisma, drive and charm in spades, money we do not. The last several months we have spent talking with business owners, potential investors and looking for funding sources, with very little progress. Unlike those huge retail stores who in many cases are subsidized by local government to attract them to develop in their area, Kickshaws does not have that kind of support. This is where we have been treading water.
While our plans were not chosen in the pitches to develop over the weekend, I was able to network and discuss our business plans with some of the most amazing people with years and years of experience. Within the weekend’s work, judging of the teams and then talking to the coaches and judges afterwards, I made some harsh but necessary realizations about Kickshaws. Ours plans will have to change.
So where does this leave us? Fredericksburg, don’t distress. This entrepreneurial realization does not mean that Kickshaws is not going to happen. We do actually have a plan as to how we are going to progress and it takes everyone’s support and input.
So, you ask- “what’s the game plan?” Well, here it is:
Kickshaws Downtown Market is developing an exciting and convenient organic/natural home delivery service. It will be as easy as setting up an account, shopping in the online store, paying and scheduling your delivery day. Working? We can deliver items to you work for you! (within the Fredericksburg, Spotsy, Stafford areas) It will be Kickshaws Downtown Market, at your doorstep. We will set up delivery regions (ie Fredericksburg City, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford) with home delivery days.
We hope to develop this Online Market over the next 6-9 months to reach all those in our area who are looking for products that they cannot get locally in this region and some of the amazing locally produced products as well. We are looking at items like bulk raw organic nuts, good quality nut and gluten-free flours, organic and good quality nut butters, etc. The diversity of the products is going to depend largely on our surveys over the next month. We need to know what you NEED in order to make this happen. (please compete the survey t help us out!)
In the meantime (while the site is developing and starting to meet local needs for products), we are working on the next steps- actual retail locations. We are considering a few options to eventually make these retail locations a reality. While we haven’t fixed on a specific plan yet, we are working towards getting there. Your community support is absolutely essential to reaching this point. Kickshaws is a COMMUNITY market, we need our community make this happen.
What can I do?
So all this talk… what is it that you need to do to help? We, by far, more than anything, need your feedback to begin with. We are administering a few surveys over the next month and need to reach as many people in the region as possible. The first survey is linked below so please share this page and the survey with as many people as possible. Next, as we develop the Online Market, we need to know what you need (also part of the survey) and participation in the market to get us going. The only way that we will get to the next step is to start at ground zero which is the Kickshaws Online Market and home delivery.
While we can’t promise you that your local organic and natural grocer is going to be on your corner in a few short months, we can promise that we are working hard to make it happen and will continue to be committed to our local community. We thank you for your continued support and help making Kickshaws Downtown Market a reality.
We were very excited to speak with Mr. Bill Freehling from the Free Lance Star and chat about te plans for Kickshaws! Thanks so much for sharing the word Bill! If you missed the articlen in print or online, check it out here: